January 23rd 2014, —Gracie Clark, Manager at Smith Marion and Company, graduates from the CalCPA Leadership Institute.  The Leadership Institute is a five day program that teaches CPAs how to improve in leadership, critical thinking and management style. Since its establishment in 2005 the Leadership Institute has graduated 85 students from the program.  The Leadership Institute accepts applicants who display strong public speaking, ethical leadership and a passion for CalCPA.

Bill Smith, Partner of Smith Marion and Company states, “I am very proud of Gracie for taking the initiative to better herself and become a stronger asset to Smith Marion & Co.  The Leadership Institute is a big time commitment and involves a large amount of travelling. It is very good to see her add this feather to her cap. On behalf of all of us at Smith Marion & Co. I would like to congratulate Gracie on this achievement.”

Gracie has worked for Smith Marion and Co since May 2005.  She graduated in 2005 from California State University, San Bernardino, with a Bachelor of Science – Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.  Gracie prepares corporate, partnership, and individual tax returns; she also provides accounting assistance and QuickBooks support to small and medium sized businesses.